Centennial School District 2014 Purchase Prize by Christy NiThe Fine Arts Department
The Centennial School District believes that participation in the visual arts is fundamental to educating learners for a society that is literate, imaginative, competent and creative. Art addresses the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of students. It promotes self-awareness, self-expression, and a sense of well-being. Art presents opportunities to develop higher levels of divergent thinking and originality in problem solving. Art also fosters the recognition and appreciation of differences among individuals and across cultures. As a visual form of communication essential to understanding and participating in life, art is the means by which individuals and cultures explore and interpret the world around them. Our goal, therefore, is to provide both the content and atmosphere best suited to imaginative growth and artistic exploration.